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Legislature passes $2.2B pandemic relief package

Legislature passes $2.2B pandemic relief package

The Washington State Legislature on Wednesday gave final approval to a bipartisan $2.2 billion COVID-19 relief measure to expand testing and vaccine distribution, provide support to schools, make grants available for small business, and help thousands meet basic needs with ...

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Senate votes to waive fees for businesses hurt by pandemic

Senate votes to waive fees for businesses hurt by pandemic

Liquor licensing fees paid by businesses hurt by public health measures would be waived, under legislation passed unanimously today by the Washington State Senate. Senate Bill 5272, sponsored by Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), would allow thousands of establishments impacted by ...

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2021 legislative session is underway

2021 legislative session is underway

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The last few weeks have been unlike any in our nation’s history -- filled with deep sadness and bright rays of hope. When the 2021 legislative session started last week, the legislative buildings in Olympia were surrounded ...

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Rolfes: Governor’s budget proposal meets pressing needs of state

Rolfes: Governor’s budget proposal meets pressing needs of state

OLYMPIA – Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, issued the following statement after the release of Gov. Jay Inslee’s 2021 operating budget proposal.

“I appreciate the work the ...

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Statement from Sen. Christine Rolfes on November revenue forecast

Statement from Sen. Christine Rolfes on November revenue forecast

OLYMPIA – State Senator Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, released this statement following today’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council meeting: “This updated forecast will put the Legislature in a better position to meet the ...

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Rolfes to serve on Senate Special Committee on Economic Recovery

Rolfes to serve on Senate Special Committee on Economic Recovery

OLYMPIA – Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, has been named to a bipartisan Special Committee on Economic Recovery in the Washington State Senate to recommend the Legislature’s next steps in the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The committee will hold ...

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Legislature increases emergency COVID-19 funding before adjourning

Legislature increases emergency COVID-19 funding before adjourning

As the Legislature adjourned tonight and completed its work for the year, our hearts and minds are focused on the coronavirus outbreak and the health of our neighbors and friends. The governor’s office has set up a website with a ...

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Senate passes budget focused on homelessness, working families

Senate passes budget focused on homelessness, working families

OLYMPIA – The 2020 supplemental operating budget (SB 6168) passed today by the Senate directs an additional $115 million to critical investments to address the state’s homelessness crisis. The Senate proposal was approved on a 33-16 vote and includes nearly $1 ...

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Rolfes: Revenue forecast signals positive sign for state’s economy

Rolfes: Revenue forecast signals positive sign for state’s economy

OLYMPIA – Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, released the following statement today on the February revenue forecast from the Washington State Office of Financial Management.­­­ “This is certainly good news and another sign of ...

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Rolfes to host community conversations across 23rd District

Rolfes to host community conversations across 23rd District

State Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island) is inviting community members across the 23rd Legislative District to join her for informal conversations as she prepares for the 2020 legislative session in Olympia. The events will give constituents a chance to comment or ...

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